Anti-Semitism in Australia Increasing at Alarming Rate
Anti-Semitic incidents in Australia have soared over the past year, with 447 reported cases amounting to a 35% increase over the same period in 2020.
Julie Nathan, research director of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ), told the organization’s annual conference on Sunday, November 28, that the number of incidents was 167 higher than the annual national average of 280 recorded between 2013 and 2020, the Australian Jewish News reported.
She blamed the May conflict between Israel and Hamas and the pandemic for fuelling a rise in anti-Semitism.
Incidents included 272 cases of physical assault, verbal abuse, harassment, graffiti, and threats made through email, phone, and mail.
She added that while abuse, harassment, and vandalism were significantly higher, incidents of graffiti had surged by 152%, and anti-Semitic stickers and posters by 157%.
The eight physical assaults that occurred matched the number from 2020.
The organization noted that during the May fighting, the Australian Jewish community experienced targeted attacks on synagogues, schools, Jewish businesses, and homes.
Signs at demonstrations featured the Star of David compared to swastikas and other Nazi symbols.
Nathan also spoke about an extreme anti-Israel rally that occurred in Sydney in May organized by the Islamist Hizb ut-Tahrir group where speakers led chants attacking Jews and vowed to “destroy the Jews” and “give us the necks of the Jews.” That event is currently under police investigation. (INN / VFI News)
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